Archive | November, 2012

The Holidays

30 Nov

Over 150 million humans rushed out on Black Thursday/Friday and spent over $400 each for what? I was not one of them.

Another 50 million humans logged on and purchased more stuff this past Monday. I was not one of them.

What is this power that entrances people to do whatever it takes, even standing in long lines for days to get something on sale?

I don’t know what it is but it scares me every year, just like the Holidays can if I let them!

It’s not too late…you can still keep the Holidays simple and it won’t cost you anything.

Spend some time with those you haven’t spent time with. Go by a nursing or assisted living home and say hello and maybe listen to a life story or two.

Put the wallet down and just relax with those you really love and cherish.

Stop trying to find the perfect gift or perfect decoration. It ain’t out there people, it is right inside each of us.

Stop being fooled by all of the hoopla and advertising and get back to the basics!

Love and Peace!

 

Thanks-Giving

21 Nov

The tradition of Thanksgiving in America has its roots in celebrating a “good harvest” for 400 years..

It wasn’t until 1941, when America passed legistation to “officially” experience Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November, every year.

Since I didn’t grow up in the agricultural era or region, I wasn’t aware that Thanksgiving was created to celebrate a “good harvest”. I just thought it was the time to get together with family, once a year, for a big meal. No matter where they were scattered across the country.

I viewed a special on the Dust Bowl that took place in the 1930’s, across much of the Great Plains. From what I saw, those farmers (which the show called “gamblers”) didn’t have much to celebrate during that period. They were just blessed to be alive to breathe in more dust and dirt, another day.

I personally believe that we “should” be grateful and thankful every day of our lives in this country. We have so much to be thankful for, that it “should” take every day to cover it all.

But most of all, we need to be thankful to our creator, God and his only son, Jesus for everything we have today and everything we will have tomorrow.

2015 Update: As the world community is teetering on destruction of one other (again), remember who has the ultimate plan and control for us. I pray that you have turned your life over to Jesus, as your Lord and Savior so you can possess eternal life with him and the Father.

 

 

The Fall of the Twinkie

16 Nov

If you haven’t heard yet, the Hostess Company is about to close its doors after an 82-year run.

Most people are probably just as shocked by this news as I am.

Some people are blaming the collapse on those darn workers who didn’t want to take a pay cut while the CEO lines his pockets with millions (just like EX-Governor Romney did). Some people are blaming it on the Bakery Union, supporting those darn workers.

Whoever you want to lay the blame on, obviously, there is no easy answer to this tragic outcome. The company first filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004 and then filed again in January.

I grew up on Twinkies and all of its friends and it is very sad to see it go, but times change and if companies (led by people) don’t change, they just don’t make it.

However, I am surprised that another bakery or snack foods company hasn’t snatched up Hostess yet. It can’t be “all” bad. I blame it on poor marketing and not rolling with the changing times like offering “power” Twinkies  or “fat free” Twinkies.

It is hard to believe that a company that started in 1930 (after the stock market crash of 1929), is unable to make it now after surviving through so much, for so long. It is simply mind-boggling!

As AC/DC once sang, Have a {Twinkie} on me (before the shelves are bare).

 

More Presidential Tidbits

9 Nov

In my continued study of the most interesting job in the world, here are more tidbits from the toughest job in the world:

1) Our first President traveled 235 miles from his Mt. Vernon home in Virginia to the first inauguration site at Federal Hall in New York City. His wife, Mary refused to attend the event but she turned out to be a very good First Lady.

2) George Washington said once, “my only ambition is to do my duty.” Wow, how refreshing for the man who held the top spot in the young nation.

3) GW, in his last will and testament, freed all of his slaves.

4) Irony: William Harrison, who was the governor of the territory of Indiana, fought in one of the most notable “Indian” wars but later was a great advocate and protector for the Indians as he worked out treaties with them.

5) Back in 1840, the Whig party advocated for a “weak president and a strong congress” as they nominated William Harrison.

6) President Harrison has the dubious honor of giving the longest inaugural address in presidential history, lasting two hours. As a fatal result of his long windiness and his refusal to wear a coat and hat, led to his death just 30 days later.

7) There were two assassination attempts on President Ford in just three weeks in 75′. His first attempted assassin was one of Charles Manson’s followers, Squeaky Fromme who was paroled in 09′. That’s scary. And his second attempted assassin, who actually got her shot off was Sara Moore who was paroled in 07′. Also scary!

What did we learn???

7 Nov

You win some and you lose some…and life goes on.

For instance, the state representative candidate who I supported, lost her bid. But, Obama who I supported wholeheartedly, won.

Win/Loss: is such a part of the balance of life.

But despite whether you won or lost or both like me, what did we learn from this election cycle???

1) Being inclusive (everybody matters) is more important than being exclusive (leave out that pesky 47% of the U.S. population).

2) Honoring and being tolerant of those who are “different” than us (minorites do matter and gay marriage is happening) is very relevant.

3) People are more important than the almighty dollar (the middle class makes up more of this country than the “richer” class).

4) Healthcare for all is more important than having restrictions on health care and enabling insurance companies’ executives to line their pockets.

5) Finding ways to strenghten our education system is more crucial than supporting larger class sizes and restricting access to college loans.

6) Taking care of those hurt by 9/11 vs. just passing the buck.

7) Listening to military leaders and what is really needed vs. attempting to appease defense contractors (i.e. Halliburton).

8) Ensuring that health care remains strong for “seniors” vs. “choosing” to allow the system to collapse.

9) Ensuring that social security stays in tact vs. turning it over to the Wall Street vultures.

10) Working towards equality among men & women in pay and rights vs. disrespecting and dismissing women and the strengths they have.

Like OUR President said during his victory speech, early this morning, politics are a big deal and we need to do our part in our communities, not just every four years but every day.

Presidential Tidbits

5 Nov

As the long and dirty presidential campaign winds down, I thought I would entertain you with a few presidential tidbits.

1) Two Presidents were married to two women (not at the same time) during their terms. John Tyler, our 10th President and Woodrow Wilson, our 28th President who also served two terms.

2) Our 2nd and 3rd Presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years from our country’s founding in 1776.

3) Two Presidents died in 1862: our 8th man, Martin Van Buren and our 10th leader, John Tyler. I wonder if President Lincoln attended their funerals.

4) Only one President, Mr. James Buchanan never married, he was our 15th Prez.

5) Presidents Nixon and Ford were born in 1913.

6) Ulysses Grant and Rutherford Hayes were born in 1822, our 18th and 19th Presidents respectively.

7) The average age of our Presidents at death is 69. We have had only three Presidents make it over age 90, but Carter and Bush Sr. may also make it past 90.

8) When George Washington took the office, he had 600 civilians in the executive branch. When Clinton took office in 92′, there were 2 million civilians in the executive branch until Clinton cut the personnel by an 1/8th.

9) Out of our first 41 Presidents, we elected 12 Generals, cases in point: Washington and Eisenhower. We love our war heroes.

Get out and vote tomorrow! But better yet, get involved in your community for the better!!

What has happened to common decency?

1 Nov

I regretfully report today, that I experienced another mind blowing incident at a Dr’s office, here in Ardmore, OK.

Since moving to Ardmore (the home of the worse plane crash in OK history, back in 66′) over 4 months ago, I have had nothing but trouble from medical providers. I was so relieved to finally have health insurance again on July 1st after being without it for over a year. I never could have imagined what I would experienced once I had medical insurance again.

I had a newly acquired health issue, and now I had the protection to cover me. So I thought…

On my first scheduled appointment with a Doctor, July 19th, I sat in the waiting hall for over a hour and finally had enough. I crossed the hall and asked the lady at the window if I could get in to see the medical provider who she represented. She checked and boom, I got to see a real-life Nurse Practitioner within minutes. If a medical provider doesn’t have the common decency to keep his or her appointments with high paying or low paying customers for that matter, then forget it. At least that is what I contend!
Well, my first visit with the N.P. went better than expected and I thought that I was going to be in good hands. Well, I was wrong, unfortunately. Since my health insurance came with an added benefit (taking into account that the premiums cost $500 per month) of a $200 cash incentive once a year for a “preventative” check up and lab work, I was really stoked. However, the medical provider didn’t bill the visit and the lab work correctly (I had given them a step by step instruction sheet) and I had to wait and wait for my cash.

About mid-August, I was having some negative symptoms of the medication for one of my conditions. I squeezed out of work and arrived at my N.P’s office. Yes, she squeezed me in. Well, she decided to change my medication but during the same visit, I had another issue occurring and she showed her true colors and failed to treat me right (medically or humanly). The curtain had been pulled and she had been revealed.

From then on, it was downhill “as they say” with her office. I couldn’t get the information from that office to relay to the insurance company to get my incentive. To gain access to the N.P.’s office, one has to navigate though a glass wall of angry-20- somethings girls. In fact, the N.P. called me (which she never did and her staff never answered their phones or returned messages) and cautioned me to “be nicer” to the “glass wall girls” or else. Well, I took that “or else” and my coveted health insurance elsewhere.

I did some checking, through the phone book, to find another provider. I came across providers in the 2012-13 phone book who had been retired for years, their office had been moved out of the area for some time or they just didn’t have a “family” practice. Unbelievable!! Well, I finally found another N.P and went into her office to make an appointment. She was on vacation and had no one to cover for her so I made an appointment with the lady (nurses’ aide) painting the office. That should have been a red flag then and there.

The first visit with the N.P went well but then came the trouble again, the follow-up to my needs. I am sorry but I have needs. The N.P.’s staff failed to call in a prescription and when I went to pick it up, days later, it wasn’t ready. When I called the office, one of the laides said that she would take care of it right away. Well, she didn’t and I was having a painful time with my medical condition. When I checked again, the pharmacy said that my “over priced” insurance wouldn’t cover the medication that the N.P had ordered for me and her office would need to call the insurance “to work it out”. Well, when I called the office, she said that she didn’t have time to call the insurance company and rudely hung up on me.

I visited an Urgent Care clinic that same day and was promised followed through and didn’t get it. I gave up for a couple weeks until I realized that my health insurance would stop on Halloween since I had lost my  job on 10/5. So, I contacted two Doctors, after sifting through the phone book again. The first Dr. turned me down as a patient (reasons unknown) and the second Dr. never got back to me. So, yesterday, on Halloween I made one more desperate attempt to secure a Dr. appointment since  I needed refills. After some major frustration, I found a willing Dr. who could see me that afternoon. I was overjoyed! But that was to be short-lived!

This last-ditch-effort Dr. was a retired surgeon, now doing “family” practice. After his nurse basically called me fat (which has only happened one other time in my life), I was set to see the Dr., however, two red flags immediately shot up. First, the nurse had never been handed advance directive forms (I had been given them by the front desk lady) and this wasn’t her first rodeo so to speak. Second, the door was left open of the patient’s room across the hall from me, as the Dr. and the patient conversed. Ever heard of privacy and confidentiality? I guess not.

Now, came the real scary part, meeting this old (should be retired) Dr. He had to ask me a couple of times on each of my complaints, how it started and so forth as Nurse Hatchet looked on. Well, she didn’t really look on, she guided him through the process, since he kept losing his direction. Believe me, this guy has dementia and should not be practicing medicine.

Then came the scariest part. I got to see Dr. No Memory blow his casket. That means he got really, really mad! He didn’t agree with the medication that I had been previously prescribed for my migraine headaches and he wasn’t going to follow suit. In all of my 46 years, I have never, ever seen a professional become so unglued like this old coot did. Thank God, I was able to get out of that “Bates” office alive. At this very moment I am wordless. Thank God I no longer have medical insurance.